Roxanne Krystalli

Roxanne KrystalliProgram Manager

Working with Feinstein Since: 2013
Based in: Somerville, MA

At Feinstein, Roxanne Krystalli focuses on how to better generate, synthesize, and use evidence in the humanitarian field.  Her own research focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. She is also on the Steering Committee of Lean Research, a cross-institutional partnership to consider the ethics and practicalities of research in vulnerable or violent settings.

Prior to joining Feinstein, Roxanne worked as researcher, humanitarian practitioner, and advocate at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on understanding and responding to the needs of victims of violence. Her past work brought her to a variety of places including Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, Sudan, and Mexico, where she worked with ex-combatants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as victims and survivors of sexual violence, torture, and disappearance.

Roxanne received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Fletcher.

She has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, Social Science Research Council Fellow, Ogunte Featured Social Innovator, and TEDx speaker, and she is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. Her published work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, NextBillion, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog.

Research Interests:
  • Transitional justice
  • Gender and violence in war and transitions
  • Humanitarian evidence synthesis
  • Qualitative research in vulnerable settings
  • The politics of humanitarianism
Regional Focus:
  • Latin America
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Dyan Mazurana, Roxanne Krystalli, and Anton Baare. “Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration: Reviewing and Advancing the Field.” Oxford Handbook on Gender and ConflictOxford University Press (edited by Fionnuala Ní Aolain, Naomi Can, Dina Haynes and Nahla Valj) (forthcoming).
  • Roxanne Krystalli and Kimberly Theidon. “Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process.” Washington Post. Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. “The Colombian peace agreement has a big emphasis on the lives of women. Here’s how.” Washington Post.  Aug. 19, 2016.
  • Wilkinson, Cai, Evren M. Eken, Laura Mills, Roxanne Krystalli, Harry D. Gould, Jesse Crane-Seeber, and Paul Kirby. “Responding to# AllMalePanels: A Collage.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 18, no. 3 (2016): 477-491.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. “Why free love in the FARC isn’t so free.” Washington Post. Mar. 14, 2016.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. 2014. “Deconstructing the 2012 Human Security Report: Examining narratives on wartime sexual violence.” International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis 69(4): 574-593.

Feinstein Publications

Synthesizing practices of evidence appraisal in the humanitarian field
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

This paper synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Program. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence, including but not limited to researchers,…

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Briefing Paper: Synthesizing evidence appraisal practices in the humanitarian field
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

This briefing paper accompanies a full report that synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Program. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence,…

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Mapping Evidence Syntheses in the Humanitarian Sector: Insights and Challenges

This publication accompanies a catalog of existing evidence syntheses in the humanitarian sector and discusses the methodological approach to this exercise. The purpose of this study was three-fold: (a) to identify gaps…

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Evidence Synthesis in the Humanitarian Sector: A Guidance Note
By Roxanne Krystalli, Eleanor Ott | February 2015

This Guidance Note discusses an approach to systematic evidence synthesis in the humanitarian field. Though its recommendations explicitly apply to the evidence synthesis outputs commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme,…

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Feinstein Research Projects

The Humanitarian Evidence Program

The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of evidence syntheses to distill humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.

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News Items

Roxanne Krystalli featured by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
November 16, 2016

This week, Feinstein’s Roxanne Krystalli is featured as the Practitioner Profile of the the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA). In a podcast interview with ATHA, Roxanne discusses the…

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Roxanne Krystalli comments on the Colombia peace process in various news outlets
October 13, 2016

Following the signing of a peace treaty between the Colombia government and the largest Colombian rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Feinstein program manager Roxanne Krystalli commented on…

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Roxanne Krystalli is panelist at the What Works Global Summit 2016
October 1, 2016

From 26-28 September in Bloomsbury, London, policymakers, program managers, and researchers from over 25 countries presented on their experiences promoting policy uptake and measuring impact, knowledge translation, and uses of evidence….

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Fall classes are starting soon!
September 2, 2016

Classes are starting soon, and Feinstein faculty, researchers, and visiting fellows will be bringing their vast experiences to the classroom! Look below for the list of courses. Friedman and Fletcher…

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Roxanne Krystalli discusses gendered credibility in International Feminist Journal of Politics
August 17, 2016

Roxanne Krystalli, Program Manager of the Humanitarian Evidence Program, has joined contributors across academic institutions in a discussion of all-male panels in the latest issue of the International Feminist Journal of…

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Roxanne Krystalli examines how to use evidence in humanitarian action
August 7, 2016

On July 20, 2016, Roxanne Krystalli joined ALNAP’s webinar entitled “Planning with Evidence: Cutting edge Practices.” This was the first webinar in ALNAP’s new series dedicated to evidence, “Bridging the…

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Roxanne Krystalli presents research at International Feminist Journal of Politics conference
May 26, 2016

On May 18-21, Roxanne Krystalli participated in the International Feminist Journal of Politics annual conference. The conference drew together faculty, researchers, and graduate students who work on questions related to gender…

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Roxanne Krystalli discusses Colombian peace talks on Colombia Calling podcast
May 12, 2016

Roxanne Krystalli is featured on the Colombia Calling podcast to discuss the ongoing peace talks in Colombia. She explores challenges and opportunities of doing research in vulnerable settings and discusses…

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Feinstein faculty participate in the World Humanitarian Summit
May 10, 2016

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23-24, 2016. The summit aimed to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action that addresses future humanitarian…

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Roxanne Krystalli discusses gender and reintegration of former combatants in Colombia
April 20, 2016

Roxanne Krystalli gave a lecture titled “Demilitarizing Masculinities and Femininities: Reintegration of Former Combatants in Colombia” at the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights. Roxanne emphasized the need to understand…

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Roxanne Krystalli discusses gender and armed groups in The Washington Post
March 24, 2016

On March 24, 2016, Roxanne Krystalli published a piece in The Washington Post, discussing what conversations on armed groups and violence miss when they do not incorporate a gender analytical perspective….

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Humanitarian Evidence Program hosts discussion on evidence at DFID
March 23, 2016

We invite our London-based colleagues to join us on April 14, 2016 for a discussion on humanitarian evidence, co-hosted by Oxfam and the Feinstein International Center. Please see below for an…

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Roxanne Krystalli and Kim Wilson blog about consent
March 1, 2016

Feinstein’s Roxanne Krystalli and Kim Wilson have teamed up to post an article entitled, Consent as a Conversation: Lean Research in Vulnerable Settings, on Next Billion’s blog today. They write:…

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Roxanne Krystalli and Brittany Card reflect on gendered experiences of war
February 16, 2016

Roxanne Krystalli and Brittany Card co-authored a post on understanding gendered experiences of war at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s ATHA blog. Krystalli and Card reflected on the progress made since the passage…

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FIC faculty and researchers support creation of Gender Analysis in International Studies program
December 7, 2015

Feinstein International Center faculty and researchers have supported the creation of a Gender Analysis in International Studies program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Dyan Mazurana, FIC…

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Roxanne Krystalli weighs in on article about femicide in Mexico
September 27, 2015

Humanitarian Evidence Program Manager Roxanne Krystalli has been quoted in Alice Driver’s piece in the Texas Observer about femicide. Driver argues that, contrary to an emerging narrative, femicide in Mexico is not a…

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Evidence and the World Humanitarian Summit: a Humanitarian Evidence Program submission
August 10, 2015

The Humanitarian Evidence Program, a partnership between Oxfam GB and the Feinstein International Center, recently filed a submission to the World Humanitarian Summit consultations. The submission, titled “Humanitarian evidence: going…

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Roxanne Krystalli quoted in piece on femicide in Mexico
May 19, 2015

Humanitarian Evidence Program Manager Roxanne Krystalli was quoted in a recent piece on femicide in Mexico. Krystalli remarked: “If we simply treat the targeting of violence against certain women as…

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FIC faculty and researchers participate in ‘Lean Research’ initiative
April 16, 2015

On April 15, 2015, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MIT D-Lab, and Feinstein International Center co-hosted Lean Lab, a day-long convening to reflect on the Lean Research initiative…

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